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London council approves revamp of 31 railway arches

London council approves revamp of 31 railway arches

A west London council has approved plans for the redevelopment of 31 disused railway arches in line with a recommendation from planners who concluded that the development would help create a 'sense of place'.

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Council to revoke Lidl supermarket approval after 'mistake'

Council to revoke Lidl supermarket approval after 'mistake'

A planning permission allowing the demolition of a gym and a ten pin bowling alley and the construction of a new Lidl supermarket at a site in Birmingham has been revoked by the city council, after it recognised that there had been a 'mistake' in its handling of the application.

London mayor to extend protected business and culture zone

London mayor to extend protected business and culture zone

London's Central Activities Zone, which protects strategic functions including business, culture, entertainment, shopping and tourism from conversion, is likely to be extended in the new London Plan, according to the capital's deputy mayor for planning.

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How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

How we did it: Preparing a plan to boost public health

Gathering extensive data was vital in setting a policy to improve public health in an inner London borough. David Dewar reports.

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

Why new driverless car technology could shake up placemaking

A commitment in the Queen's Speech to push forward with a roll-out of driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, could have huge implications for planners and place-making, according to experts.

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

Why the High Court ruled that a council's £170,000 CIL demand was unlawful

A High Court ruling confirms that town halls cannot group planning permissions together when deciding whether development should be charged the Community Infrastructure Levy, according to legal experts.

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

The implications of Sunday trading plans for town centre vitality

Some town centres could benefit more than others as a result of plans to devolve decision-making for setting Sunday trading hours to local authorities, practitioners have said.


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